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EPL – Totenham Hotspur Luka Modric: “I would like to go to Chelsea”

EPL – Totenham Hotspur Luka Modric: “I would like to go to Chelsea”

"I would like to go to Chelsea" said Croatian star Luka Modric, for now still with Tottenham Hotspur. PHOTO Chris Brunskill / ISIPhotos.com

"I would like to go to Chelsea" said Croatian star Luka Modric, for now still with Tottenham Hotspur. PHOTO Chris Brunskill / ISIPhotos.com

By Tobias Robinson

“I would like to go to Chelsea. A lot of players would like to go there and play for Chelsea because it is one of the best clubs in the world, and so do I” – that’s clear enough message from Luka Modric.

Croatian star midfielder Luka Modric has already told Tottenham Hotspur that they do not match his ambitions and admitted for the first time that he would like to join Chelsea – reporting Jamie Jackosn for The Guardian.

Just a day ago, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has labelled Chelsea’s £22m bid for Luka Modric as “ridiculous”, writes Ian Haynes for BBC Sport.

The Croatian playmaker was the outstanding player for Tottenham last season, excelling in both the EPL and the Champions League. Tottenham’s failure to qualify for europe’s premier club competition has opened up an opportunity for rival clubs to lure Modric away.Tottenham Hotspur logo

Chelsea have emerged as the first club to make an offer – although Redknapp said he was not aware of any ‘official’ approach. The Blues are said to have offered £22m, but with Tottenham paying Dinamo Zagreb £16.6m 3 years ago, the small profit on his sale would not represent good value in their eyes.

Harry Redknapp however, responded directly, calling the offer “ridiculous”. As an expert in the realm of player transfers, Redknapp is well aware of his star player’s value and has also previously stated that he does not want to sell the player at any price.

Although Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League next season (finishing 5th in 2010/11), they will still be extremely keen to hang on to their prize assets of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. In order to break back into the top 4 of the EPL, Spurs will be looking to strengthen, rather than cash-in, on their squad.

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Brad Friedel has signed for Tottenham after being released from Aston Villa. The US International keeper was snapped up on a free transfer and warned Heurelho Gomes that he wants to be the number one. See Friedel in action for Aston Villa here.

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Jonathan Woodgate has allowed his contract to lapse after turning down a pay-as-you play contract. At 31, Woodgate still feels he deserves a good full-time contract but his time at Tottenham has been riddled with injury and the north London side had little option but to protect themselves by offering to pay Woodgate only when he was fit and available for selection.

 

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